These Tuscan-style patio homes, built by Boulder Creek Builders of Louisville, enjoy a perfect setting alongside the lake, just a stone’s-throw from open space and nature trails. All the lots back up to the lake and, beyond that, 121 acres of open space.
The value of lakefront property, high-quality construction, and working with a well-known local builder make Quarry Lake unique. This is an intimate enclave, with just 30 paired patio homes – that is, 15 buildings. They range in price between $364,000 and $385,000.
“We build for downsizers who want something very nice that’s the right size,” Community Representative Jim Lettis says. “Besides being energy efficient, these homes are low-maintenance, with snow and landscaping taken care of, so you can spend your free time enjoying your Colorado outdoor lifestyle instead of taking care of the yard.”
New homeowners at Quarry Lake
Chuck and Angela Swilpa are moving to Quarry Lake this month after living for 28 years in a custom home that he designed in Pine Brook Hills in Boulder.
“When we walked into the model at Quarry Lake and saw the lake and open space behind the house, we were sold, and we signed a contract the same day,” says Angela. “Owning a patio home with the main living on one floor was a dream come true. Our house in Boulder was a multi-level house with seven levels! We were definitely done with stairs. We also wanted to own a home that required little or no outdoor maintenance. Pushing a snow blower up and down a steep driveway had definitely lost its charm after 28 years.”
The architecture first attracted the Swilpa’s. “When we began our search for a new home in Colorado, we did a lot of driving around and I did a lot of searching on the Internet. One day, I was “Googling” on the Internet and typed Tuscan Patio Homes and up popped Boulder Creek Builders, Quarry Lake. We were familiar with Boulder Creek Builders and had visited their models in Longmont and Louisville. We were very impressed with the quality of their homes. I always dreamed of owning a home in Tuscany; Quarry Lake is the next best thing, and I can stay in Colorado.”
The “lock-and-leave,” low-maintenance lifestyle was one of the main reasons they loved Quarry Lake. “We are both retired and the majority of our family lives back east. So now we can just pack and go visit family and travel whenever we want.
“The price was the icing on the cake. With the view of the lake and open space in our backyard and a finished walk-out basement downstairs, it was everything we were looking for at a great price.”
They look forward to seeing the savings that come with owning a green, energy-efficient home. And, they say, “Although living in the mountains was a wonderful experience, we were pretty isolated for many years. At this point in our lives, we are looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and being part of a community.”
The homes at Quarry Lake
These homes are designed for easy living. The main floor features a master suite, laundry, study and Great Room. Each home includes a large walk-out lower level with recreation room and additional bedroom. The four floor plans to choose from range from 2,402 to 2,670 finished square feet; optional bonus rooms further add to the finished square footage.
“The architecture is beautiful, outside and inside, with stunning exterior materials, nine-foot ceilings, and master bedroom at the back of the house to enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake,” Lettis says. “In these patio homes everything people need day to day is on one floor, with a finished lower level for company or entertainment. Our homes allow people to live the Colorado lifestyle that everyone wants – with lock-and-leave convenience, and a low-maintenance lifestyle with no more weekends mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.”
A key element of the building process is protecting the environment and making homes as efficient as possible. All homes at Quarry Lake are built using green building technology that results in lower utility bills. With 2 x 6 exterior wall construction, formaldehyde-free blown fiberglass insulation, R-24 exterior walls, R-49 attic spaces, and many more quality construction practices, the homes are built for comfort and durability.
Living in Loveland
Loveland is a mecca for artists and galleries, and art is evident everywhere. The city is adorned with sculpture, creatively decorated public works and brightly painted wall murals.
“Everything you want is here in Loveland,” Lettis says. There are 17.5 miles of paved recreation trails, and this is a thriving arts community decorated with bronze sculptures throughout the city. It is exceptionally pretty, with lots of lakes. You have high-end shopping at Centerra, the outlet malls, and downtown Loveland for small-town shopping with quaint stores and coffee shops. There is a free summer concert series at the amphitheater on Tuesday nights.”
In 2010 AARP magazine rated Loveland, along with Fort Collins, as one of the “top places to retire.” And Fort Collins/Loveland was featured on CNBC by Tom Brokaw as one of 15 Best Retirement Cities.
Boulder Creek Builders
Boulder Creek Builders is an award-winning, Louisville-based homebuilder that creates innovative communities across the Front Range. The company builds homes designed around how people aspire to live, appealing to the active lifestyle homeowner through the creation of low-maintenance, single-family and multi-family homes. Boulder Creek’s communities vary in size, price and concept, but have a common thread: They embrace quality craftsmanship and green building practices and provide an unmatched lifestyle.
Boulder Creek President David Sinkey says of the new Quarry Lake community, “With the lake, this site is so compelling. These ranch homes are designed for this site, with back patios and walk-out lower levels. The Tuscan-inspired architecture is distinctive and upscale, with a low-maintenance stucco exterior, concrete roof tiles, lower-slung roof pitch, cupolas and arches.
“These homes, on a lake, are a tremendous value if you’re willing to drive north. They would be significantly higher-priced in communities south of Loveland.”
Stop by for a tour of the property and model home. The sales office is at 464 Split Rock Drive in Loveland. It is open daily, except Wednesday and Thursday. Hours are: Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call Jim Lettis at 970.458.4440, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details visit www.LiveQuarryLake.com.
By Judy Finman, At Home